1 LEGAL RESUME BASICS IN GENERAL Your resume is your most important marketing tool. You should create it in a format that highlights your major accomplishments and relevant experiences and makes them easy to locate even if the reader is only skimming it. Since employers usually review a large stack of resumes for each available position, you cannot not rely on the reviewer to read every line carefully at least not when making the first cut. An employer usually spends only 60 seconds on each resume sent in response to a job posting, and only 30 seconds on each unsolicited resume. It is critical, therefore, to make your strongest selling points easy for the employer to find. This handout will give you an overview of the format, organization and content that will make your resume a winner. TAKING INVENTORY Before putting pen to paper, analyze your goals for the resume. What employers are you trying to reach? What characteristics and backgrounds do those employers seek in job applicants? What in your background matches their needs? In other words, what can you do for them? Which of your activities and accomplishments have prepared you for the job you seek? Start by evaluating your strengths and weaknesses and considering what parts of your background will appeal to your target audience. Once you have taken stock of your skills and accomplishments and researched the segment of the legal job market that interests you (and that will be interested in you), you can design an effective resume for that audience. While law school grades are important to many employers, they are NOT the only factor employers consider when determining whom to interview and hire. 1 Whether at large firms, small firms, government offices, or elsewhere, hiring attorneys all generally seek the same qualities in new hires: intelligence, research and communication skills, leadership, managerial ability, professionalism, social skills, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic. To impress an employer, your resume should highlight your experiences that demonstrate these characteristics. Once you have gained some legal clerking experience, your resume should also detail the types of projects on which you worked and the skills you acquired that will be transferable to the job you are seeking. You should only begin to draft your resume after conducting a thorough inventory of the skills and accomplishments you have to market. 1. Law school grades are very important to many employers. Some including most large law firms establish a certain class rank (top 20% of the class, for example) as a threshold requirement that an applicant must meet to be considered for an interview. Other employers also consider applicants law school grades, but have less stringent grade requirements. Regardless of the type of employer, applicants who are granted an interview must outperform many other job applicants in the interview process to be offered a position. 1
2 FORMATTING THE RESUME Your resume must be selected from a stack that will only be skimmed, so it should be a professionallooking document that is easy to read. Remember, you will have at most 60 seconds to impress the employer with your resume in the first round of reviews. Start with the right paper. Your resume should be printed on either white, ivory, light grey, or off-white bond paper. Nothing else looks professional. If you are going to be mailing the resume, you will need to use matching envelopes. Some students attempt to entice employers to select their resume by using an odd-colored paper, such as bright red, yellow or orange. These students usually accomplish their goal; their resumes are, in fact, picked out of the stack and promptly discarded. Your resume should not include any large or intricate graphics. If it gets past the screening round, it will be copied for others in the firm to review. Large letters, logos, or thick bars that separate your header from the rest of the document do not copy well. The resume should be drafted in outline form. Headings can be centered, but the document usually looks better and is easier to scan with headings set to the left margin and information to the right. As you know from experience, it is much easier to scan an outline than paragraphs of text. If possible, justify both the left and right margins. While there are several ways to arrange a resume, law students seeking a legal position should list items in reverse chronological order. This means the MOST RECENT information in any category is listed FIRST. Legal employers are accustomed to seeing resume information organized this way, so using this format makes it easier for the employer to grasp your qualifications quickly. Also, this format puts first the information most relevant to hiring attorneys (law school). Most employers prefer that law students resumes not exceed one page. Sometimes, a two-page resume is preferable, however (e.g., when you have a lengthy work history). Make sure the need for a two-page resume is justified. Please consult Career Services if you are unsure about this. White space is an advertising term referring to the blank space around the text, used to emphasize the text and make it easier to read. Create as much white space as you can in formatting your resume. It is a mistake to squeeze your resume text together to get it all on one or two pages. You will negate the benefit of the outline form by making the document impossible to scan. If you have a great deal of prior work experience and you want to include it all, expand your resume to two pages rather than forcing it into one. And if, as a student who has come to law school immediately after college, you draft a resume that exceeds two pages, you are including too much information and need to edit the document. Your most important task in drafting a resume is to ensure that it is COMPLETELY FREE OF ERRORS in grammar, spelling and printing. Employers often will discard a resume with even one such mistake because they believe that those who cannot be accurate in this most important document will do sloppy legal work. Proofread your resume with great care, AND have at least one other person proof it carefully, as well. If you are uncertain about a spelling or grammatical rule, look it up rather than taking the risk of being wrong. At the end of this handout are several model resume formats that demonstrate that it is possible to personalize your resume while following the aforementioned basic formatting rules for legal resumes. 2
3 ORGANIZATION Following is a discussion of the sections typically found in a legal resume. HEADER: Your resume should always begin with your name. NEVER start a resume with "Resume" or "Resume of." Employers will be able to identify the document. It is far more important that your name be easy to locate and read on the document. This is especially important in a job interview. The interviewer may have spoken with a number of applicants that day, and you do not want the attorney to have to search for your name each time he or she is trying to remember it. Your name should be printed in bold face, and in a larger print than the body of the resume. Career Services usually recommends that you not use your full name on your resume. Interviewers like to know whether to address you by your first or middle name when they call to set up an interview or when they meet you at an interview. 2 Therefore, it is usually better to use a middle initial instead of your full middle name (or a beginning initial if you are called by your middle name). If you are known by a nickname, you may include it in parentheses after or underneath your proper name. Under your name, include at least one address, a telephone number, and an address. If you need to use two addresses (one in Birmingham and one in your hometown), place them below your name, one on each side of the page. If you list only one telephone number, it should usually be your cell phone number. This will enable the employer to locate you during the workday, when he or she is more likely to call. By the way, it is very important that you record a PROFESSIONAL-SOUNDING voic message for every listed telephone. Employers comment frequently on the poor impression created by immature or silly messages. OBJECTIVE: You should NEVER include an objective statement on your resume when applying for a legal position. It will not help you get an interview. An objective statement, by definition, focuses on your goals and therefore, contravenes the primary purpose of your resume to convince the reader that you can help an employer meet its goals. Suppose, for example, that you draft a typical objective statement that says your objective is to obtain a position in a growing law firm that will enable me to develop as a tax attorney. This statement works against you for several reasons. First, it highlights your desire for legal training; employers are more concerned with your ability to contribute to their profitability and reduce their workload. Furthermore, this statement suggests that you have established criteria for the type of employer for which you are willing to work. Most employers consider such an attitude offensive. Also, by acknowledging that you need to develop your lawyering skills, you remind the reader that he will spend a great deal of time training you. 3 Furthermore, if you, like most law students, are uncertain of the area of law in which you will practice, but you have an interest in tax law, your job search has become substantially more difficult because you have foreclosed opportunities with employers that do little or no tax work or have no job openings in their tax group. EDUCATION: Your educational background should come first after the header. As a law student looking for a legal position, this is the most relevant experience you have to date, and employers expect to find this first. Begin with your law school education (remember, most recent first). List the institution you are attending and include the city and state in which it is located if applying for out-of-state positions. Rather than listing your class year, show your anticipated graduation date. For example, instead of "second-year law student" your resume should read, Candidate for Juris Doctor, May 201 or Juris Doctor expected, May In certain circumstances, it may be preferable to list your full name on your resume. If you are submitting your resume to very large law firms or employers that are participating in job fairs, for example, those employers may need to differentiate you from other applicants with similar names (this happens more often than you might think). 3. This will nearly always be the case for law students and new graduates, but there is no need to advertise it. 3
4 If you are a transfer student who will be receiving a degree from Cumberland, under the listing for Cumberland include the name and location of the school from which you transferred and the academic year you attended that school. If you are a visiting student at Cumberland, list first the school from which you will be receiving your degree and underneath it the dates you will be attending Cumberland. After law school, list any graduate degrees or degree work and end with your undergraduate education, including date(s) of graduation, degree(s) received and subject area(s). You should only list your high school if you need to reveal your connection to a certain geographic area and it is not otherwise apparent from your resume. GRADES AND CLASS RANK: To include or not to include - that is the question. If you do not include your law school GPA or current class rank in your education listing, some employers will assume the worst; most will conclude you are, at best, ranked in the bottom half of the class. As a rule of thumb, you should include your class rank if you are in the top half or better. Career Services recommends that you list your grades if there is any good news at all. For example, if your grades are rising, you might report your overall GPA as well as your GPA for second year of law school. Or, if you are doing better in the area where you wish to practice than overall, list your overall GPA and your GPA (or your individual grades) for, say, litigation-related classes. NEVER round up your GPA. No matter what format you use to report your grades, always include your cumulative GPA or class rank if you display any information about your grades at all; you will be misrepresenting yourself otherwise. Falsification or exaggeration of qualifications on resumes is taken very seriously by this law school and by legal employers. Misrepresentations will be reported to the Honor Court and can be grounds for denial of admission to the bar. LSAT SCORE: The LSAT score is used only for law school admissions and is not a proper indicator of success in legal practice. Employers are advised not to ask about it and you should not put your LSAT score on the resume. HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: Students typically include a section on honors and activities under each school listed in the educational section. This is less confusing to the employer than a single section for all schools attended. If, for example, you are a transfer student and were a law journal member at your previous law school, it would be misleading to include that with your Cumberland activities. Rather than listing honors and activities chronologically (senior year first, etc.), it is more effective to list them in order of importance. For example, if you were active on your college campus and received one particularly prestigious award, you should list it first and explain its importance in a brief parenthetical (such as selected by faculty or award for top economics major in graduating class ). It may not be noticed if buried in a list of the organizations to which you belonged. Legal employers are most interested in law school honors or activities that show a particular degree of skill or leadership. Editorial positions on Law Review and the Trial Journal and memberships on the National Trial Team and the National Moot Court Team are most valued, followed by journal staff positions, moot court board or any elected office. When you list a student office or membership based on an election or selection process, don't just list the title. Employers look for leaders; they will be more impressed with Elected President of Student Bar Association or Appointed student member of Faculty Recruitment Committee than with President, Student Bar Association or Member of Recruitment Committee. Also, list under law school organization memberships any particular projects on which you worked and note any project or program you initiated. 4
5 If you have a long list of activities and honors, you may want to pare it down to the more important ones. Even if listed in order of importance, the reader s eye may skim over a long list such that he does not retain the important information. If you do not want to edit the list, separate your accomplishments under two categories: Honors and Activities. If applicable, you might also want to add categories entitled Advocacy, Journal, Publications, Scholar of Merit Awards, or Study Abroad. EMPLOYMENT: Following your education, you should list any prior work experience, beginning with the most recent. Start with any summer clerkships or part-time legal-jobs you have held during law school. Include also any prior work experience that explains any time gaps in your resume (between undergraduate and law school, for example) or that you believe evidences marketable skills. If you worked at a number of part-time jobs during college to help cover expenses, you may want to just state that, rather than listing a string of rather menial jobs that do not evidence technical or managerial skills. It is important to show that you have already developed a work ethic, but you may save a lot of space with a single listing. For example, : Worked a variety of part-time and summer jobs that financed 50% of my undergraduate education, including waitress, retail clerk and lifeguard positions. With all other job listings, include the name and location of the employer, the position or positions you held and a short description of your responsibilities. List your responsibilities in outline form or brief phrases that begin with action verbs: avoid long paragraphs describing how I managed X and I prepared Y. Hiring attorneys will be looking for qualities useful in legal work: administrative and managerial skills, leadership qualities, communication skills, attention to detail, etc., so draft your resume to reflect these qualities whenever possible. One problem with job descriptions in resumes is that they are written in the passive voice (like this sentence). Your background will sound much more dynamic and impressive if you use the active voice when you describe your job duties. For example, you should state that you managed the Lexington sales unit rather than that you were responsible for the management of the Lexington sales unit. Some of the active verbs for legal resumes are: Administer Edit Perform Advise Establish Plan Analyze Evaluate Prepare Assess Execute Present Assign Implement Provide Budget Initiate Recommend Communicate Instruct Reconcile Compose Lead Represent Consult Manage Research Control Mediate Resolve Counsel Monitor Review Create Negotiate Solve Delegate Operate Supervise Develop Organize Teach Devise Originate Train Draft Participate Write Finally, in your job descriptions, avoid the lawyer's habit of using three words when one will do. A string of verbs rather than one strong phrase will diminish rather than enhance your accomplishments. When 5
6 you catch yourself writing phrases like "Prepared, developed and initiated computer program" pick out the strongest verb and use it alone: "Developed computer program" for example. Also, your syntax should be correct and consistent. Verbs describing job duties should all be in the same tense, and when a string of phrases is used, each should begin with the same part of speech. INTERESTS: Personal information about your hobbies and interests can be a valuable addition to your resume. A hiring attorney may select your resume out of the stack because he shares the same interest, or because an interesting or unusual activity on your resume catches his eye. A common interest can enliven your conversation and cause the interviewer to remember you (over other applicants). If you include interests, describe them as particularly as possible. Reading Nineteenth Century English literature and SCUBA diving is better than Reading and water sports. LANGUAGES: If you are fluent in a language, mention it in a separate section. Do not exaggerate your language or other skills, however; if you are found out, you will lose all credibility with the employer. It is not uncommon for an interviewer to begin an interview in a foreign language if you have indicated on your resume that you are proficient in that language. PUBLICATIONS: List any of your legal or other publications on your resume, including any commercial publications, educational papers that were published, and any other published works that you helped write or edit. In an interview, you should be prepared for questions about any publication that appears on your resume, especially if you wrote on a legal topic. LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS: If you hold any professional licenses or certifications (CPA, registered nurse, engineer, or architect, etc.), you should include them in your resume under a separate heading. PERSONAL DATA: You do not have to include a personal data section in your resume. Some information commonly included under this heading is useless, such as excellent health (no one ever reports poor health). By law, employers are not allowed to ask you questions relating to your age, marital or childrearing status, ethnic background, parentage, etc. REFERENCES: You should not include your references on your resume. Instead, create a reference list on a separate sheet and copy the same Header you used for your resume. Underneath the header, type the word REFERENCES and either center it on the page or place it at the left margin. Then space down and list your references. Two or three references are sufficient, and five is the maximum. Give the person s name, job title, and connection to you (if not obvious from your resume), and provide a business address, telephone number, and address (if available) for each. When selecting references, choose those best qualified to comment on your skills, experience, and work ethic. If you have prior legal or permanent employment, include someone who supervised your work there. A professor from Cumberland or a prior educational institution who knows you is another good choice. Be sure to ask your references for permission before listing them. COVER LETTER Whenever you send your resume to an employer directly it MUST be accompanied by a cover letter. Be sure to read our handout on drafting an effective cover letter before you create one. 6
7 RESUME EXAMPLES 1. David J. Anderson Law Student 2. A. Thomas Battle Law Student 3. Allan Cargill Law Student 4. James L. Dampier Law Student 5. Barnett Edwards Transfer Student (with Reference List) 6. Anderson Ford Practicing Attorney
8 David J. Andersen 321 Cumberland Drive Birmingham, Alabama (205) EDUCATION Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama Juris Doctor anticipated, May 2009 Class Rank: Top 25% GPA: Honors: Scholar of Merit, Torts Dean s List Activities: Alabama Student Bar Association Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama Bachelor of Science, June 2006 Major: Finance Minor: Business Administration GPA: 3.11 (cumulative) Activities: 3.54 (in major) Financial Management Association Auburn Tiger Host Lambda Chi Alpha Social Fraternity Alumni Chairman, Executive Committee WORK EXPERIENCE The Schooner, Atlanta, Georgia Waiter Summer, 2006 Branning Lawn Service, Brentwood, Tennessee Laborer Summers, 2002 to 2005 Worked on a lawn crew that maintained 80 corporate lawn and landscape projects each week. SKILLS / INTERESTS Trained in Westlaw and Lexis / Nexis. Enjoy Golf, NCAA Basketball and European History
9 A. Thomas Battle 111 Kingsbury Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama * (205) * Education Cumberland School of Law, Samford University; Birmingham, Alabama Juris Doctor expected May 2009 GPA: 3.32/4.0 Class Rank: 34 of 161 Honors and Activities: Dean s List (3 Semesters) Career Services Student Advisory Board (Selected by Director) American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 2007-present (Committee Chair, 2007) Donworth Moot Court Runner-Up Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board Street Law, Community Service Program Cumberland Community Service Organization Rhodes College; Memphis, Tennessee Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science, May 2005 GPA: 3.24 Honors and Activities: Deans List, Spring 2005 Student Athletic Advisory Committee Varsity Soccer, (All Conference , Team MVP 2005) St. Jude Children s Research Hospital Community Service Project Rights to Play Community Service Work Experience The Honorable Steven Bates, Presiding Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit; Birmingham, Alabama Law Clerk June-August 2007 Drafted orders, conducted legal research, attended hearings and trials, and reviewed and analyzed written and oral arguments with Judge Bates. Jordan & Hall, LLP; Birmingham, Alabama Law Clerk May-June Researched and drafted memoranda in various lawsuits and appeals, including criminal, domestic relations, environmental, insurance, and real estate matters. Handy & Lawrence, LLP; Memphis, Tennessee Case Manager August 2005-June 2006 Managed case files for all of firm s health care and ERISA cases. Worked directly with attorneys, assisting with the negotiation of settlements and drafting various letters to clients and opposing counsel. Johnson & Lee; Chattanooga, Tennessee Runner Summer 2003 Interests English Premier League soccer, backpacking and camping, and bass fishing.
10 Allan Cargill Temporary Address Permanent Address 1104 Lakeshore Drive 115 Springhill Avenue Birmingham, Alabama Mobile, Alabama (205) (251) EDUCATION Cumberland School of Law, Samford University Birmingham, AL Candidate for Juris Doctor, May 2009 GPA: 3.58 Class Rank: Top 11% Honors and Activities: Cumberland Law Review, Associate Editor Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow (Selected to Tutor First-Year Students in Legal Writing) Career Services Advisory Board (Selected by Director) Scholar of Merit Award Winner, Lawyering and Legal Reasoning, Spring 2007 Dean s List, every semester Dean s Scholarship, James O. Haley Trial Competition Auburn University Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, May 2004 GPA: 3.30 Honors: Auburn Scholars Honor Society Dean s List, Spring 2001, Fall 2002, Spring 2003 Auburn, AL LEGAL EXPERIENCE Richard, Jones & Ryan, PC Birmingham, AL Law Clerk June 2007-Present Assist in all aspects of trial preparation for this personal injury litigation firm. Participate in trials, mediations, expert consultations and client interviews. Write and prepare pleadings, discovery, motions, briefs, and memoranda. Andrews & Carter, LLC Montgomery, AL Legal Assistant April 2005-May 2006 Assisted in all aspects of trial preparation for this personal injury litigation firm. Implemented a new filing system, which resulted in increased office efficiency. Functioned as a process server. OTHER EXPERIENCE Manager, Specialty Sports, Breckenridge, CO September 2004-April 2005 Manager, The Sport Shop, Breckenridge, CO May 2004-September 2004 INTERESTS Enjoy Snow-Skiing and Refurbishing Antique Automobiles.
11 J A M E S L. D A M P I E R 707 COLUMBIANA ROAD, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (205) D A M P I E R S T U D E N E D U C A T I O N Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, AL Rank: 29/169 (Top 17%) Juris Doctor Expected, May 2009 GPA: 3.45; 2nd Year: 3.9 Journal: Honors: Scholar of Merit Awards: Cumberland Law Review, Articles Editor Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow, Student Coordinator Career Services Advisory Board Conflicts of Law Secured Transactions Scientific Evidence Admiralty and Maritime Law Constitutional Law Advocacy: Herbert W. Peterson National Trial Team ( ) Cumberland National Moot Court Team ( ) Best Oral Advocate, Saad Moot Court Competition Saad Associate Justice, Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board Williams and Haley Trial Competitions Publication: Comment, I Still Know Nothing: Business Executives Use of the Sergeant Schultz Defense After Sarbanes-Oxley, forthcoming, 39 Cumb. L. Rev. (2009). Knox Theological Seminary, Fort Lauderdale, FL Master of Arts in Theological Studies, May 2004 GPA: 3.4 Samford University, Birmingham, AL Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Studies, May 2003 GPA: Honors/Activities: Orlean Beeson School of Educations Scholarship LEAD Scholar Student Government Association, Student Activities Council Chairman Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Recruitment Chair Freshman Orientation Leader L E G A L W O R K E X P E R I E N C E Price, Barton, Cowart & Edwards, P.C., Montgomery, AL Law Clerk Summer 2008 Drafted summary judgment brief in employment discrimination case, and several memoranda on issues arising in Water Wars litigation. Klug, Byrne & Higdon, P.C., Birmingham, AL Law Clerk Summer 2008 Drafted bench memorandum for case involving a manufacturer s post-sale duty to warn under the AEMLD, as well as a summary judgment response brief in a product liability case. Also attended depositions, mediations, and trial.
12 L E G A L W O R K E X P E R I E N C E (CO N T I N U E D ) Chrysler Dodge Law Firm, Birmingham, AL Law Clerk Summer 2008 Drafted appellant s initial brief and reply brief in an Eleventh Circuit appeal of a summary judgment rendered in a product liability case. Albert J. Goff, Professor, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, AL Research Assistant July Present Researched and analyzed Alabama Supreme Court and appellate court decisions related to Alabama Rules of Evidence for forthcoming 6 th Edition of Wayne s Alabama Evidence treatise (work acknowledged by Professor Goff in 2007 Supplement to 5 th Edition). O T H E R W O R K E X P E R I E N C E Bennett Broadcasting, Birmingham, AL Account Executive September 2005-September 2006 Urban Technologies, Birmingham, AL Marketing Representative September 2004-September 2005 New Promise Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL Director of Student Ministries July 2003-September 2004 Resume of James L. Dampier Page 2 of 2
13 B ARNETT E DWARDS 1234 Grandview Parkway #500 Birmingham, Alabama home cell EDUCATION Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama Juris Doctor anticipated, May 2010 Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi First Year Legal Studies, August 2007 May 2008 GPA: 3.63 Class Rank: 18/188 (Top 10 %) Honors: Dean s List (both semesters) Research Assistant for Professor John Davis Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish (with honors), May 2006 GPA: Honors: Beeson Exceptional Scholar Sam and Lizette Mitchell Senior English Award Oustanding Sophomore Award - English Sigma Tau Delta - International English Honor Society Gains S. Dobbins English Scholarship Sigma Delta Pi - International Spanish Honor Society Dean s List (every semester) Activities: Mock Trial Team (3 years) - Attorney Sojourn (Samford s literary magazine) - Editor Spanish Club - President Alpha Delta Pi Sorority - Executive Vice President EXPERIENCE HON. JOSEPH L. JONES, CIVIL CIRCUIT COURT, JEFFERSON COUNTY Intern June 2007 August 2007 Coordinated jury activities, assisted in management of motion docket, and conducted preliminary reviews of pleadings for Judge Jones. Performed administrative tasks and observed trials and hearings. SMITH, JONES & HUNTER, LLC, Birmingham, Alabama Law Clerk June 2005 April 2006 Prepared responses to motions for summary judgment. Drafted interrogatories for medical malpractice case. Performed legal research and prepared legal memoranda. ACTIVITIES INTERESTS St. Jude Bo Jackson Charity Auction and Golf Tournament Habitat for Humanity Impact Volunteer Organization Golf Hunting Collecting Sports Memorabilia United States Presidential History
14 B ARNETT E DWARDS 1234 Grandview Parkway #500 Birmingham, Alabama home cell REFERENCES Honorable Joseph L. Jones Civil Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama 123 Main Street, Suite 1650 Birmingham, Alabama Andre Hunter, Partner Smith, Jones & Hunter, LLC 222 Main Street, Suite 600 Birmingham, Alabama Professor John Davis, Assistant Professor of Law Mississippi College School of Law 151 East Griffith Street Jackson, Mississippi
15 A N D E R S O N F O R D A T T O R N E Y A T L A W O A K S H A D O W S D R I V E A T L A N T A, G E O R G I A Telephone: ( 404) E-m ail: ail. com BAR ADMISSIONS EXPERIENCE ALABAMA STATE BAR STATE BAR OF GEORGIA SMITH, JONES & BARRETT, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia Attorney October 2004 Present Law Clerk February 2004 October 2004 Practiced law in a boutique law firm specializing in business litigation and corporate transactions. Experience includes management of multi-million dollar litigation, trials and appeals in state and federal court, arbitration and mediation of complex disputes, summary judgment and other motion practice, and the negotiation of litigation settlements and asset purchases with opposing parties and counsel. Other duties included participating in hearings and depositions and drafting settlements, asset purchase agreements, briefs, pleadings, wills, and various other legal documents. Also managed firm s public relations, drafted press releases and firm marketing materials, and wrote and presented papers at continuing legal education conferences across the United States. THE KENSINGTON COMPANY, Jackson, Mississippi Commercial Real Estate Appraiser August 1996 July 2001 Prepared market studies, microeconomic and macroeconomic analyses, and appraisal reports to support expert valuation opinions in litigation and to assist attorneys, banks and developers in making decisions relating to estate valuation, real estate financing and construction feasibility. Conducted on-site inspections and market research for various commercial real estate property types (including office, retail, apartment, nursing home and industrial developments) in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. EDUCATION CUMBERLAND SCHOOL OF LAW, SAMFORD UNIVERSITY Juris Doctor, May 2004 UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA Master of Business Administration, August 2000 GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, June 1996 INTERESTS Saltwater Fishing College Football Reading Biographies of American Presidents